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Wild Ginger

Did you catch yesterday’s Mystery Monday?

If so, the answer is… Wild Ginger!

 

 

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is a native flowering plant that grows in rich and shaded woodland habitats. It can be found in MetroParks all over the county! Wild Ginger is not related to the commercially sold ginger root, but received its name because of its use as a substitute for the spice by pioneers and Native Americans.

 

 

The flower grows at ground level, and so they are often overlooked by hikers and park-goers. Next time you’re in a MetroPark and hiking in the woods, take a look under the plant's heart-shaped leaves and see if you can find these pretty, hidden flowers!

Stay tuned next week for another Mystery Monday. Put on your detective hats and solve the mystery!